The GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest system providers for food and energy processes. It is comprised of more than 250 companies in 50 countries. Because the group grew through acquisitions, it lacked centralized standards for its IT solutions. GEA has deployed Lync Server to 5,000 users using AudioCodes gateways that are connected directly to the public-switched telephone network (PSTN).GEA plans to expand the solution to more than 250 companies in 50 countries. Depending on the size of the office at each location, GEA will deploy an AudioCodes gateway either in conjunction with a standard edition Lync Server or as a standalone Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA). The SBA is based on cost-effective AudioCodes media gateways hosting the Microsoft Survivable Branch Appliance software package. The SBA provides communications through a PSTN connection in the event of a WAN (wide area network) failure. As it deploys voice capabilities at the branch offices, the company will retire the existing PBX equipment.
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